Sister to Sister: Fifty Shades: Five Excuses…Ten Reasons

Unknown-7Shocking is what it is to absorb the conversations among some of those who wear the name of Christ…women who see nothing wrong with being entertained by the erotica fiction of the 2011 romance novel and the new movie, “Fifty Shades of Grey.” I do not have to read the books or see the movies to know that Christian women have no business anywhere near the “Grey” zone. Here are five of the top excuses for partaking in the evil of a blatantly pornographic form of entertainment:

  1. “It’s literature…a literary phenomenon.” Yes. It is. The original book has sold over 100 million copies, making in excess of 95 million dollars for the author. A sad commentary on our culture.
  2. “Just because I watch it doesn’t mean it will affect my behavior or my thinking.” Studies have already been done. One at Michigan State University found that women who have read the book are more likely to have abusive partners, be binge drinkers, and participate in unsafe sex, and eating disorders. I’m not sure if women who do these things are more likely to love the movie or the other way around. But, either way, the study results, in themselves, wave a big red flag to people of morality. It’s like the Good Book says: “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7).
  3. “I’m just curious.” You could follow the link below if you’re curious about the content. My friend, Tom Holland used to say “You don’t have to stick your head in a trash can to know what trash is.” You will, for the sake of curiosity, put some images in your head that are not erasable.
  4. “I want to make our sex life better.” Would you like for your husband to work to make your sex life better by watching pornographic videos? Perhaps he does. If so, how does that feel to you? Besides, pornography does not enhance sex in the long run. It destroys relationships and cheapens what God has sanctified. The trump card is that it’s a clear violation of God’s commands. (Matthew 5:28; Titus 2:3-5)
  5. “It’s fun.” At least you’re being honest on this one. Sin is selfishly pleasurable in the short term. Satan loves this reason and, truth be told, it’s probably the reason we make up all the other excuses to sin.

And here are ten of the top reasons you should stay away from “Fifty Shades.”

  1. BDSM. If you do not know what that is, you may be fortunate. It is “Bondage, Discipline, Dominance, Submission, Sadism, Masechism, all of which are strong thematic elements in the movie. It is a portrayal of a perverted attraction to an extremely sexually abusive man who keeps Ana, the main female character, in sexual bondage using abuse, expensive gifts and confidentiality agreements.
  2. Your money. Do you really want your movie/book dollars to be included in the 95 million-plus that E.L. James has made/is making from her self termed “expression of a mid-life crisis”? Do you think God is pleased with that sort of stewardship?
  3. Christ is coming back. Do you want to be reading/watching “Fifty Shades of Grey” when He does return? And, if not, then are you okay with Him seeing you read/watch from His seat beside the throne?
  4. Your children. This movie is phenomenally huge. The book, sadly, has become the #1 seller in the world. The book has also now surpassed Harry Potter as the fastest selling paper back. It became the first book ever to sell  more than a million copies on Amazon Kindle.  James was named by Forbes as the 2013 best selling author in the world. Your children, even if they are small or not yet born, will likely one day hear about this book and ask if you have read/seen “Fifty Shades”. Do you really want them to know that you have? If so, you are not the kind of parent I’d hope you want to be. You should love your children enough already to be protective of your influence over them. (Kids have a way of thinking that, no matter what it is, if Mom and Dad have done it, it must not be too bad.)
  5. The rating. The film has an R rating for strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language. Christians cannot claim ignorance as they go to see “Fifty Shades.” We have been fairly warned. And when the movie industry puts out a rating because content will be offensive to some audiences, which audiences do you think those would be?…Christians, maybe?
  6. The woman who wrote the books (i.e. thought up the perversions of plot and sexuality) is also working as a producer of the movie. The movie promises not to be better or tamer than the book.
  7. The male lead in the movie, Jamie Dornan, actually visited a sex dungeon in preparation for his role as Christian Grey. Right. This is for Christians?!
  8. Producers are also planning a release of an NC-17 version of the movie, which will include more of the sexual content. (hard to believe there could be more.) They are doing it because   “the fans want it dirty.” Do you want to be a part of such a fan base?
  9. Evangelism: Do you believe, should your lost friends know about your viewing of the movie, that it would enhance or damage your ability to bring them to a life of purity in Christ? Which?
  10. Scriptures. Commands. Just a couple, though numerous ones come to mind. Philippians 4:8 Whatever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report. If anything is virtuous or worthy of praise, think on these things.” Imagine these words appearing at the bottom of the movie screen during a trailer of “Fifty Shades.” Would those words “fit” there? Would they, in any sense, be descriptive of this movie? What about I Thessalonians 5:22?—“Abstain from the very appearance of evil.”  This book…this movie, my sister friends, is evil come to your community.

Information obtained from www.covenanteyes.com/…/50-fast-factsfiftyshades-grey/.

Digger Doug’s Underground Rocks by Apologetics Press

Songs written and performed by Caleb Colley.

Digger Doug’s Underground Rocks is not for worship/devotional use.

Join Digger Doug and Iguana Don for a rockin’ treat! Digger Doug’s Underground Rocks, a new music CD from Apologetics Press, is a collection of fun songs about science for kids. Twelve original songs featuring the sounds of a full band. Parents will want their kids to learn the principles that underlie the lyrics of each song, because each of the scientific topics relates to the Creation/Evolution controversy.

Tracks:

  1. Theme from Digger Doug’s Underground
  2. Spoken Introduction by Digger Doug and Iguana Don
  3. (More Than) Any Library Book
  4. Biomimicry
  5. Cause and Effect
  6. I Have Never Seen a Dinosaur
  7. My Pet Dinosaur
  8. Play By the Rules
  9. Turn Up the Heat
  10. Entropy All Over Town
  11. People Were the Pioneers
  12. Not Vestigial
  13. This Uniform
  14. You Can’t Get Life

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A Favorite Episode

So last night I watched an episode of a funny show. This is really unusual for me, since I don’t have cable or satellite TV, Hulu, or Netflix. But I get a package every now and then from Apologetics Press and, last week, we received episodes seventeen and eighteen of Digger Doug. I guess I’m a little old to be part of the Digger Doug fan base, but I’m a fan. As I watched episode seventeen about the formation of coal, I wished that something like Digger Doug had been available for my kids back in the day. It was the most professional of any episode to date and the music was outstanding. But the best thing about it was the extremely entertaining and  effective way the information was disseminated; information designed to fortify faith in little minds before they even know what faith really is. That’s what parents have to do.
We have to put healthy eating habits in our kids way before they are exposed to junk food. We build immunities in them before they are exposed to deadly diseases. We put integrity in their hearts before they’re tempted to cheat on a test. In similar fashion, we must put faith in the Word in them before they are exposed to the world of academia in which there is a definite textbook agenda to replace any belief in God with a belief in the Darwinian theory of evolution. 
I hope you are a mother or a grandmother who takes this responsibility seriously. I, being in between the mom-of-small-kids stage and the grandmom stage (for a preferably short time), am just as determined to help my children fight the humanist agenda in the hearts of my grandchildren as I ever was to protect the faith of my own children. Exposure to truth is the key to maintaining faith and the Digger Doug series of  fun and animation is a great tool to help your children love discovering truth. So I’m all about Digger Doug, Iguana Don, The Singing Sycamore Tree, Willy the Word Worm and what’s happening at Dave’s Diner. In fact, some of the stuff happening at Dave’s Diner and around that Sycamore Tree and in the studio with Willy the Word Worm may end up helping your kids to the Bread of Life, and the Tree of Life, and the Word of Life. That could be some pretty amazing episodes! 
(Oh yes. My favorite character on episode seventeen is Cole Coal. Can’t put my finger on it, but I like him. Next favorite is Willy the Word Worm.)

The Adventures of Digger Doug is available at www.colleybooks.org.

Digger Doug Rocks!

…And while we are speaking of Apologetics Press, let me tell you the holiday project from AP about which I am most excited. It’s a brand new, just-being-released CD called Digger Doug’s Underground Rocks. It’s not your usual kids worship songs. In fact it’s not worship songs at all. It’s a rocking CD about science and it gives your kids the basics for refuting the theory of Organic evolution in pumped-up, imaginative “School House Rock” style tunes. It’s about the fossil record, the second law of thermodynamics, the design/designer principle, and just tons of stuff your kids will learn without the pain of learning. This is the CD that Digger Doug and Iguana Don fans are going to devour. I’m not sure of the exact date of release, but you can find out at the AP website listed in the previous post. You can also get it at Colley Books.

And when you get it, if you listen carefully, you can hear Yours Truly in the back up section of at least one song (and that was great fun)!  I wish I had been able to play this CD in the car when my kids were growing up. I’m getting a copy for my SUV anyway. Be impressed when I’m able to talk intelligently about geology (in rhymes) in a future post.